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— Romans 10.17 —
"For God so loved the world..." But is Jesus' love for the world the same sort of love He has for His Bride?
What is the Church? Or better, Who is the Church? What is her function? How is she lead? How does she glorify God on the earth?
You're most likely very familiar with contracts, but do you know what a covenant is?
Like it or not, around these parts of the world, much of our lives are governed by contracts. We have them with the phone company, the electric company, insurance companies... and the list goes on and on.
But contracts aren't covenants. As we learned from Ephesians five last week, our marriages for example aren't contractual, but covenantal. Our wedding vows don't sound like, "So long as you'll take out the trash, I'll make dinner." Or, "If you'll bring home a good paycheck, then I'll agree to have children." Instead, marriage vows are covenantal: "I love you and will continue to do so for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do we part." Now that's a covenant: love that is not rooted in whether or not it is returned. That's the way we are to love our spouses, Paul tells us, because that exemplifies God's love for the Church, and that's ultimately what our marriages are really all about.
This week we're looking more deeply into God's New Covenant that He makes with His Beloved Church. Through passages like Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 36, Revelation 5 and Romans 8, there is so much hope provided for the Body of Christ in God's pledged & promised covenant.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.